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Lloyd Athearn, Executive Director

Lloyd joined CFI in 2009 following three years serving as deputy director of the Colorado Conservation Trust, where he oversaw the organizations development, communications, finance and administration functions. Prior to that he spent 10 years as deputy director of the American Alpine Club managing media relations, public policy, publishing, development and membership marketing. His mountain conservation work has been recognized by the National Park Service and the American Alpine Club. Lloyd brings extensive experience collaborating with land managers across the country to protect alpine terrain and preserve the wilderness climbing experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and has taken graduate coursework in Wilderness Management from the University of Montana.
Phone: 303-278-7650

Jerry Mack, Controller

Jerry joined CFI in 2009 after 11 years as the controller and network administrator of the American Alpine Club. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in public finance in Denver. As a native Coloradan, Jerry grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies and by the mid-90’s had hiked all of the Fourteeners. An avid climber, he has summited peaks all over the world including Alaska, Canada, South America, Europe and Nepal. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Phone: 303-278-7650

 Ben Hanus, Interim Field Programs Manager/Sustainable Trails Coordinator

Ben joined CFI’s permanent staff in 2012, having worked with the program in a seasonal capacity since 2009. He worked two seasons on the Chicago Basin trail delineation project, then collected detailed GPS-based data on Fourteener trails during the 2011 field season. Ben will oversee all of CFI’s volunteer and crew-based field projects, as well as continue advancing the collection, analysis and reporting of GPS-based trail conditions data on the Fourteener trail network. Ben holds a bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His background and field experience include high alpine trail design, construction, and restoration, crew leadership, GIS mapping and data collection, and spatial analysis.

Morgan Childs, Development and Programs Coordinator


Morgan joined CFI in 2014 as a summer CLIMB intern, and transitioned into a permanent staff position immediately following her internship in August. Morgan divides her time at CFI between public outreach and communications, donor relations, and a developing a new project that will identify trends in trail usage among the 14ers. Before working for CFI, Morgan pursued her passion for the environment and the outdoors by working on several ecological research projects, interning at Catamount Trail Association, and exploring the mountains of the Northeast. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Middlebury College and has a background in field research, environmental conservation, GIS and data analysis.

2014 Seasonal Staff

CFI’s 2014 seasonal field staff, from left to right: Top row: Tom Cronin, Miriam Venman-Clay, Chris Houde, Robert Duddy, Patricia Franco, Eric Haggstrom. Bottom: Christina Cultrara, Eli Allan, Rebecca Egan, Dana Young, Dylan Barbash